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Carr Vale by Mark Beevers

Posted: Sunday 4th February 2018 by Carrvale

Beginning of February update. There has been no sight or sound of the Cetti's warbler since 30th but two of the Chiffchaffs and the Marsh Tit were still present on 4th, one of the Peregrines was seen on 3rd and up to four Willow Tits have been seen daily including two singing males which is good news after their scarcity this winter. Maximum wildfowl counts were 122 Wigeon on 2nd and 4th, 26 Teal and 20 Gadwall on 4th. 22 each of Stock Dove and Reed Bunting were counted on 1st when an injured Buzzard was taken into care by the RSPCA. A Water Rail was heard and 200 Lapwings, 120 Great Black-backed Gulls and 480 Black-headed Gulls were counted on 2nd when three Chiffchaffs were together on the embankment, 70+ Pied Wagtails were counted by Phil and 22 Reed Buntings were again on and around the mound bird table. on 3rd 250 Pink-footed Geese flew west and eight Snipe were counted whilst on 4th five skeins (totalling 380) of Pink-footed Geese flew west but they were well to the south of us whilst a further flock of 24 flew north with a male Goosander south and three more (one male) north later in the morning. Also on 4th 90 Herring and 100 Great Black-backed Gulls were present along with seven Yellowhammers.

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